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Tabú opened last month in Fulton Market.
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The Hottest New Restaurants in Chicago, June 2022

Bask in the city’s glorious summer with modern Latin dishes and lively Asian snacks and cocktails

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Tabú opened last month in Fulton Market.
| Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Even the most skeptical Chicagoans can’t deny that summer has arrived in the Windy City, bringing badly needed sunlight and warm — and even hot — temperatures after a disproportionately dark and chilly spring. The city is buzzing with excitement for farmers markets and street festivals, and its restaurants are similarly primed for a bustling season. That means it’s time for the latest Eater Chicago Heatmap with four new hotspots for tasty summertime treats.

A celebrated Korean restaurant in Avondale earns a spot on the list after returning from a two-year hiatus, as does a colorful modern Latin spot in Fulton Market. There’s also Chinatown’s first cocktail bar, which features a lively and creative Asian snack menu, and an innovative pizzeria that has expanded its fourth location in three years with its Old Style-fermented crust. Happy dining, Chicago.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Milly’s Pizza In The Pan

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1005 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640
(224) 656-4732
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One of Chicago’s biggest culinary hits of the early pandemic, this virtual pizzeria in February settled into a permanent space in a former Uptown diner. The city’s love affair with Milly’s shows no sign of slowing as owner Robert Maleski is still regularly selling out of his popular deep-dish pies with caramelized cheese baked into the crust. The restaurant, which seats 20, has allowed Maleski to increase the number of pies he can serve. For the time being, he can put out 35 pizzas on a busy night and aims to raise that number to 40.

An overhead view of round deep-dish pizza with browned, melted cheese, hunks of fresh mozzarella, and layers of pepperoni.
Milly’s has grown into a full-fledged restaurant.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

2. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

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2434 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 293-6992
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Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe moved into a larger restaurant space in late February with more big booths, a liquor license, and TVs. Before, the NY-style pizza specialist was primarily a to-go spot. But with the new real estate, owner Jimmy Kang has the room to try new pizza styles and offer new items. New York and Chicago enjoy a strong rivalry, but both cities offer delicious styles of pizza. Jimmy’s will convince the most ardent Chicago homer that New York pizza is worth their time.

A clear display case holds large New York-style pizzas.
This treasured slice spot has grown into a comfy new home in Ravenswood.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

3. Parachute

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3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(872) 204-7138
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Parachute, the widely adored restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chefs and spouses Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, roared back to life in Avondale in May for the first time since March 2020. Kim and Clark have overhauled the Korean American menu, shelving some of the restaurant’s most well-known dishes (including its popular bing bread) in favor of a clearer emphasis on traditional Korean cuisine. After such a long hiatus — largely spent on much-needed renovations, as well as the couple’s numerous charitable endeavors — the reopening comes as a relief to Parachute’s throngs fans across the city and country.

A long, narrow restaurant dining room with a community table and booths along the walls.
Avondale’s Korean superstar is back in action.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

4. TriBecca’s Sandwich Shop

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2949 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 878-2717
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For more than a year, Becca Grothe tested out new sandwiches in a Monday pop-up at her employer, Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Now, with the help of Honey Butter’s owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, Grothe has opened up her own shop, serving favorites like Cubanos and horseshoes (both with meat and tofu versions) and crispy cauliflower, plus Tuber’s Donuts, potato doughnuts fried by Grothe’s husband Cam Waron.

5. Sugar Moon

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3612 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

This brilliant Logan Square bakery sells some of the best chocolate chip cookies in town. But the savory items, which include Roman-style sheet pizza and specials like an Italian beef croissant, are perfect for a quick lunch. Get there in the morning or risk missing out on the more popular items.

6. The Albion Manor

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1480 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-4686
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Albion Manor is a work in progress in Lincoln Park, between Clybourn and Elston, near Pequod’s and the Webster Place shopping center. The upstairs focuses on fancy drinks, while the lower level is come as you are, with a menu that includes a stellar fish and chips with fried chickpeas and a jerk-style remoulade in place of tartar sauce. This British-style pub food is great while watching a soccer match.

A long, narrow bar space with a pressed tin ceiling.
The Albion Manor team hopes to capitalize on the nearby Lincoln Yards development.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

7. Armitage Alehouse

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1000 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 270-6402
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Not many Chicago diners expected a London-style Anglo-Indian pub from the owners of Au Cheval. But after months of quiet, Hogsalt Hospitality opened Armitage Alehouse in Lincoln Park, featuring British-style curries, savory pot pies, and Guinness and Harp at the bar. English pubs are known for being casual, allowing patrons to drop in and out at their leisure, but at the sleek and dark Armitage Alehouse, customers will need luck to grab a reservation.

The exterior of a restaurant with black frames with a window surrounded by green ivy.
Armitage Alehouse
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8. Kasama

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1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-3790
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Chicago’s only Filipino fine-dining experience is the hottest table in town since Kasama began dinner service in November. The Ukrainian Village cafe continues its morning and afternoon hours, but later in the day the operation shuts down to allow staff to prepare to serve chef Tim Flores’s unusual tasting menu. Flores riffs on classic dishes like lumpia and pancit, while offering modern ingredients such as A5 wagyu. Pastry chef and co-owner Genie Kwon serves up halo-halo and more surprises for dessert. Kasama is on Eater’s list of America’s Best New Restaurants and it’s earned its first Michelin star.

A chef wearing an apron and white shirt, and a black face mask, is plating three ice-filled shallow dishes on a kitchen. Daija Guy/Eater Chicago

9. 3 Little Pigs

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3220 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

As dining rooms closed during the pandemic, carry-out and delivery reigned. One of the most popular to-go operations came from Henry Cai, a Chicago native inspired by his father’s exploits working at Chinese restaurants, who started selling Chinese-American food via Instagram under the name 3 Little Pigs. The response to his Cantonese cooking, with his signature three-pork fried rice, noodles, and dumplings was tremendous. He’s now found a home in Humboldt Park where he can make food six days a week. The operation will expand once he gets more kitchen equipment and he’ll be able to bring back his delectable smoked ribs and more. Cai hopes to open in a new location with a dining room sometime in 2022.

10. Café Sophie

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847 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 262-7610
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Café Sophie, a riff on mellow Italian cafes in Rome and Florence, swung open its doors in April with a selection of pastries, wood-fired breakfast sandwiches, and a full bar in a cozy, 20-seat space where patrons can linger and relax. The all-day neighborhood spot is from What If Syndicate, the group behind Maple & Ash and Etta. There’s also a retail section where customers can buy home kitchen supplies.

A narrow, dark cafe space with wooden tables and chairs.
Café Sophie is from the team behind Gold Coast steakhouse Maple & Ash.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

11. Alpana

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831 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 624-8055
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Alpana Singh, the wine expert who endeared herself to Chicagoans while hosting Check, Please! is back in town with a new restaurant that offers a little bit for everyone. Singh designed the space to reflect her personality — it’s fun and sophisticated without being stuffy. The New American menu is succinct and pairs well with a glass or bottle from Singh’s wine list. 

A large, glamorous dining room with hanging plants and chandeliers.
Alpana represents its owners passion for wine and inspirational women.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

12. Bob's Pizza | West Loop

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838 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 667-9110
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The owners of Bob’s Pizza (none of whom are named Bob) have classified its pies as “Pilsen-style” because its original location is on 21st Street in, yes, Pilsen. Chef Matt Wilde, who began his career in fine dining, ferments his crust with Old Style beer, tops it with high-quality ingredients in unusual combinations like pickles and mortadella, and finishes each pizza with a cheffy sprinkle of salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. At this fourth and latest location inside Recess, Bob’s is available by the slice or by the whole pie.

A spinach and stracciatella pizza on a stand on a picnic table beside a six-pack of Old Style.
Bob’s Pizza is now available inside Recess in Fulton Market.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

13. Tabú

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401 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60642

Chef Saúl Román’s menu at Tabú, which began as a Taco Tuesday pop-up inside Recess, blends North American comfort food with Latin American flavors: a French dip made with mole, for example, and fried chicken with tamarind gravy served in a tortilla. There is also a take on the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, which is valuable intel now that the fast food version has become scarce again. But the standout may be the churroulette dessert: six churros arranged in a facsimile of a bullet chamber of a gun, one of which is infused with habanero chile. Which is it? You’ll have to taste it to find out.

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14. Jinsei Motto

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564 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 884-9602
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Chefs Patrick Bouaphanh and Andrew Choi originally launched Jinsei Motto as a sushi pop-up inside CH Distillery (the maker of Jeppson’s Malört), and have now settled into a permanent space at the distillery in the West Loop. The menu features a 14-course omakase meal for $140, as well as an a la carte selection of nigiri, sashimi, and maki.

15. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

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110 N Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 820-6601
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Humanitarian chef José Andrés has teamed up with Gibsons Restaurant Group on a two-level downtown space overlooking the Chicago River inside the new Bank of America Tower. Bar Mar is a seafood-focused happy hour venue with a raw bar and fancy cocktails. The space is light, and perfect for pre-theater drinks and bites. The top floor is where Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup shows off the tried-and-trusted concept its opened in other cities. Bazaar Meat is more intimate with dark reds and pricey cuts of rare meat, like imported cured jamon from Spain and Japanese wagyu. Reservations are highly recommended.

Bazaar Meat is from José Andrés.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

16. Liang Crispy Roll

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2161 S China Pl
Chicago, IL 60616

Liang has become a popular quick-serve restaurant in Asia with celebrity endorsers. Tony Hu (Lao Sze Chuan) has brought the concept to Chicago’s Chinatown. These wraps feature a paratha-like flatbread stuffed with chicken, beef, and other fillings. It’s a satisfying quick snack on the go and should be popular with a younger customer base that doesn’t want a traditional sit-down meal.

17. Nine Bar

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216 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-4081
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Chinatown’s first cocktail bar, a speakeasy-style spot tucked inside the nearly 50-year-old neighborhood institution Moon Palace, has bounded out of the gate since its May debut, attracting crowds with a menu of Asian-influenced cocktails made with liquors like baiju, soju, and shochu in sleek, Blade Runner-esque digs. Nine Bar is the creation of bartenders Lily Wang (Estereo) and Joe Briglio (Blind Barber), and features a fun snack menu from chef Elvis Mom (Spinning J) that includes Hong Kong-style French toast with vegan milk bread, a McKatsu sandwich with American cheese and Bulldog tonkatsu sauce, and fries smothered in mapo chili sauce.

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18. Cafe Trinidad ToGo

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2537 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

Doubles, a Trini delicacy, are featured at Cafe Trinidad ToGo, a Grand Crossing restaurant that has returned after a 2016 closure. The island cuisine bears many influences, including African, Syrian, and Indian — all byproducts of colonization and slavery. Powered by a Caribbean version of roti, doubles are filled with chickpeas, potatoes, or goat and lamb curry for a sweeter version than most would expect. Cafe Trinidad’s return gives Chicagoans a delicious option for this vital dish. The Reader’s Mike Sula has more.

19. Bronzeville Winery

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4420 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60653
(872) 244-7065
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One of the most anticipated openings of 2022 is off to a roaring start: reservations at Bronzeville Winery, the ambitious restaurant and wine bar from urban planner Cecilia Cuff and Silver Room owner Eric Williams (not to be confused with chef Erick Williams of Virtue), are booked through June. Bronzeville residents and diners across Chicago are clamoring to try chef Whitney McMorris’s (Moto, the Aviary) beautiful and exacting menu, which includes a smoked and cured watermelon steak, a trio of fried oysters, and filet mignon.

20. Solazo

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5600 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60629
(773) 627-5047
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This is the rebirth of a family-owned Mexican restaurant in Archer Heights, near Midway International Airport. Solazo’s ownership learned a lot when it opened La Josie along Randolph Restaurant Row in West Loop. It now applied those lessons to the original restaurant without sacrificing the friendly neighborhood feel that drew patrons in the first place. The tacos, queso, and other items have never tasted better, and now customers can enjoy amped-up cocktails.

Two meat tacos on a plate
Solazo’s tacos are back.
Solazo

1. Milly’s Pizza In The Pan

1005 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640
An overhead view of round deep-dish pizza with browned, melted cheese, hunks of fresh mozzarella, and layers of pepperoni.
Milly’s has grown into a full-fledged restaurant.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

One of Chicago’s biggest culinary hits of the early pandemic, this virtual pizzeria in February settled into a permanent space in a former Uptown diner. The city’s love affair with Milly’s shows no sign of slowing as owner Robert Maleski is still regularly selling out of his popular deep-dish pies with caramelized cheese baked into the crust. The restaurant, which seats 20, has allowed Maleski to increase the number of pies he can serve. For the time being, he can put out 35 pizzas on a busy night and aims to raise that number to 40.

1005 W Argyle St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Jimmy's Pizza Cafe

2434 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
A clear display case holds large New York-style pizzas.
This treasured slice spot has grown into a comfy new home in Ravenswood.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe moved into a larger restaurant space in late February with more big booths, a liquor license, and TVs. Before, the NY-style pizza specialist was primarily a to-go spot. But with the new real estate, owner Jimmy Kang has the room to try new pizza styles and offer new items. New York and Chicago enjoy a strong rivalry, but both cities offer delicious styles of pizza. Jimmy’s will convince the most ardent Chicago homer that New York pizza is worth their time.

2434 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

3. Parachute

3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
A long, narrow restaurant dining room with a community table and booths along the walls.
Avondale’s Korean superstar is back in action.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Parachute, the widely adored restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chefs and spouses Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark, roared back to life in Avondale in May for the first time since March 2020. Kim and Clark have overhauled the Korean American menu, shelving some of the restaurant’s most well-known dishes (including its popular bing bread) in favor of a clearer emphasis on traditional Korean cuisine. After such a long hiatus — largely spent on much-needed renovations, as well as the couple’s numerous charitable endeavors — the reopening comes as a relief to Parachute’s throngs fans across the city and country.

3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

4. TriBecca’s Sandwich Shop

2949 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

For more than a year, Becca Grothe tested out new sandwiches in a Monday pop-up at her employer, Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Now, with the help of Honey Butter’s owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, Grothe has opened up her own shop, serving favorites like Cubanos and horseshoes (both with meat and tofu versions) and crispy cauliflower, plus Tuber’s Donuts, potato doughnuts fried by Grothe’s husband Cam Waron.

2949 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

5. Sugar Moon

3612 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This brilliant Logan Square bakery sells some of the best chocolate chip cookies in town. But the savory items, which include Roman-style sheet pizza and specials like an Italian beef croissant, are perfect for a quick lunch. Get there in the morning or risk missing out on the more popular items.

3612 W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. The Albion Manor

1480 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
A long, narrow bar space with a pressed tin ceiling.
The Albion Manor team hopes to capitalize on the nearby Lincoln Yards development.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Albion Manor is a work in progress in Lincoln Park, between Clybourn and Elston, near Pequod’s and the Webster Place shopping center. The upstairs focuses on fancy drinks, while the lower level is come as you are, with a menu that includes a stellar fish and chips with fried chickpeas and a jerk-style remoulade in place of tartar sauce. This British-style pub food is great while watching a soccer match.

1480 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

7. Armitage Alehouse

1000 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
The exterior of a restaurant with black frames with a window surrounded by green ivy.
Armitage Alehouse
Ashok Selvam/Eater Chicago

Not many Chicago diners expected a London-style Anglo-Indian pub from the owners of Au Cheval. But after months of quiet, Hogsalt Hospitality opened Armitage Alehouse in Lincoln Park, featuring British-style curries, savory pot pies, and Guinness and Harp at the bar. English pubs are known for being casual, allowing patrons to drop in and out at their leisure, but at the sleek and dark Armitage Alehouse, customers will need luck to grab a reservation.

1000 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Kasama

1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A chef wearing an apron and white shirt, and a black face mask, is plating three ice-filled shallow dishes on a kitchen. Daija Guy/Eater Chicago

Chicago’s only Filipino fine-dining experience is the hottest table in town since Kasama began dinner service in November. The Ukrainian Village cafe continues its morning and afternoon hours, but later in the day the operation shuts down to allow staff to prepare to serve chef Tim Flores’s unusual tasting menu. Flores riffs on classic dishes like lumpia and pancit, while offering modern ingredients such as A5 wagyu. Pastry chef and co-owner Genie Kwon serves up halo-halo and more surprises for dessert. Kasama is on Eater’s list of America’s Best New Restaurants and it’s earned its first Michelin star.

1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. 3 Little Pigs

3220 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651

As dining rooms closed during the pandemic, carry-out and delivery reigned. One of the most popular to-go operations came from Henry Cai, a Chicago native inspired by his father’s exploits working at Chinese restaurants, who started selling Chinese-American food via Instagram under the name 3 Little Pigs. The response to his Cantonese cooking, with his signature three-pork fried rice, noodles, and dumplings was tremendous. He’s now found a home in Humboldt Park where he can make food six days a week. The operation will expand once he gets more kitchen equipment and he’ll be able to bring back his delectable smoked ribs and more. Cai hopes to open in a new location with a dining room sometime in 2022.

3220 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60651

10. Café Sophie

847 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
A narrow, dark cafe space with wooden tables and chairs.
Café Sophie is from the team behind Gold Coast steakhouse Maple & Ash.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Café Sophie, a riff on mellow Italian cafes in Rome and Florence, swung open its doors in April with a selection of pastries, wood-fired breakfast sandwiches, and a full bar in a cozy, 20-seat space where patrons can linger and relax. The all-day neighborhood spot is from What If Syndicate, the group behind Maple & Ash and Etta. There’s also a retail section where customers can buy home kitchen supplies.

847 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

11. Alpana

831 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
A large, glamorous dining room with hanging plants and chandeliers.
Alpana represents its owners passion for wine and inspirational women.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Alpana Singh, the wine expert who endeared herself to Chicagoans while hosting Check, Please! is back in town with a new restaurant that offers a little bit for everyone. Singh designed the space to reflect her personality — it’s fun and sophisticated without being stuffy. The New American menu is succinct and pairs well with a glass or bottle from Singh’s wine list. 

831 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

12. Bob's Pizza | West Loop

838 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60642
A spinach and stracciatella pizza on a stand on a picnic table beside a six-pack of Old Style.
Bob’s Pizza is now available inside Recess in Fulton Market.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The owners of Bob’s Pizza (none of whom are named Bob) have classified its pies as “Pilsen-style” because its original location is on 21st Street in, yes, Pilsen. Chef Matt Wilde, who began his career in fine dining, ferments his crust with Old Style beer, tops it with high-quality ingredients in unusual combinations like pickles and mortadella, and finishes each pizza with a cheffy sprinkle of salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. At this fourth and latest location inside Recess, Bob’s is available by the slice or by the whole pie.

838 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60642

13. Tabú

401 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60642
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Chef Saúl Román’s menu at Tabú, which began as a Taco Tuesday pop-up inside Recess, blends North American comfort food with Latin American flavors: a French dip made with mole, for example, and fried chicken with tamarind gravy served in a tortilla. There is also a take on the Taco Bell Mexican Pizza, which is valuable intel now that the fast food version has become scarce again. But the standout may be the churroulette dessert: six churros arranged in a facsimile of a bullet chamber of a gun, one of which is infused with habanero chile. Which is it? You’ll have to taste it to find out.

401 N Morgan St
Chicago, IL 60642

14. Jinsei Motto

564 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

Chefs Patrick Bouaphanh and Andrew Choi originally launched Jinsei Motto as a sushi pop-up inside CH Distillery (the maker of Jeppson’s Malört), and have now settled into a permanent space at the distillery in the West Loop. The menu features a 14-course omakase meal for $140, as well as an a la carte selection of nigiri, sashimi, and maki.

564 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

15. Bazaar Meat by José Andrés

110 N Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606
Bazaar Meat is from José Andrés.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Humanitarian chef José Andrés has teamed up with Gibsons Restaurant Group on a two-level downtown space overlooking the Chicago River inside the new Bank of America Tower. Bar Mar is a seafood-focused happy hour venue with a raw bar and fancy cocktails. The space is light, and perfect for pre-theater drinks and bites. The top floor is where Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup shows off the tried-and-trusted concept its opened in other cities. Bazaar Meat is more intimate with dark reds and pricey cuts of rare meat, like imported cured jamon from Spain and Japanese wagyu. Reservations are highly recommended.

110 N Upper Wacker Dr
Chicago, IL 60606

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16. Liang Crispy Roll

2161 S China Pl, Chicago, IL 60616

Liang has become a popular quick-serve restaurant in Asia with celebrity endorsers. Tony Hu (Lao Sze Chuan) has brought the concept to Chicago’s Chinatown. These wraps feature a paratha-like flatbread stuffed with chicken, beef, and other fillings. It’s a satisfying quick snack on the go and should be popular with a younger customer base that doesn’t want a traditional sit-down meal.

2161 S China Pl
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Nine Bar

216 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60616
Kim Kovacik/Eater Chicago

Chinatown’s first cocktail bar, a speakeasy-style spot tucked inside the nearly 50-year-old neighborhood institution Moon Palace, has bounded out of the gate since its May debut, attracting crowds with a menu of Asian-influenced cocktails made with liquors like baiju, soju, and shochu in sleek, Blade Runner-esque digs. Nine Bar is the creation of bartenders Lily Wang (Estereo) and Joe Briglio (Blind Barber), and features a fun snack menu from chef Elvis Mom (Spinning J) that includes Hong Kong-style French toast with vegan milk bread, a McKatsu sandwich with American cheese and Bulldog tonkatsu sauce, and fries smothered in mapo chili sauce.

216 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616

18. Cafe Trinidad ToGo

2537 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Doubles, a Trini delicacy, are featured at Cafe Trinidad ToGo, a Grand Crossing restaurant that has returned after a 2016 closure. The island cuisine bears many influences, including African, Syrian, and Indian — all byproducts of colonization and slavery. Powered by a Caribbean version of roti, doubles are filled with chickpeas, potatoes, or goat and lamb curry for a sweeter version than most would expect. Cafe Trinidad’s return gives Chicagoans a delicious option for this vital dish. The Reader’s Mike Sula has more.

2537 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

19. Bronzeville Winery

4420 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

One of the most anticipated openings of 2022 is off to a roaring start: reservations at Bronzeville Winery, the ambitious restaurant and wine bar from urban planner Cecilia Cuff and Silver Room owner Eric Williams (not to be confused with chef Erick Williams of Virtue), are booked through June. Bronzeville residents and diners across Chicago are clamoring to try chef Whitney McMorris’s (Moto, the Aviary) beautiful and exacting menu, which includes a smoked and cured watermelon steak, a trio of fried oysters, and filet mignon.

4420 S Cottage Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60653

20. Solazo

5600 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629
Two meat tacos on a plate
Solazo’s tacos are back.
Solazo

This is the rebirth of a family-owned Mexican restaurant in Archer Heights, near Midway International Airport. Solazo’s ownership learned a lot when it opened La Josie along Randolph Restaurant Row in West Loop. It now applied those lessons to the original restaurant without sacrificing the friendly neighborhood feel that drew patrons in the first place. The tacos, queso, and other items have never tasted better, and now customers can enjoy amped-up cocktails.

5600 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60629

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